Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
There are all kinds of new road construction projects beginning today and in the very near future, most of which will have some major impact on traffic. The Poplar work is finished (I hope, hurray) but today IDOT jumps in to close down the MLK bridge. What that means for drivers I don't know, but a Post Dispatch article has a graphic which gives the number of daily vehicles on each bridge and the King has 26,700.
I took a picture from the paper since I can't find this online. I imagine many people take the King if they work at the north end of downtown. The King is another bridge that seems to be a work zone at some point every year.
Then later this month repaving work will begin on Brentwood Boulevard from Marshall Road in Webster Groves north to Eager Road. The new pavement will not be complete til next spring. This is a very busy area, the Eager area especially.
The scariest interstate in the St. Louis area is 270. From South County to North County the traffic mass is thick and fast with entrance ramps close together causing drivers to slam on their brakes or make sudden lane changes. Also 270 from Illinois to 170 is frightening with fast moving traffic, entrances and exits less than a mile one from another carrying loads of vehicles all day long. 270 is a great reason why 170 should have been extended south instead of ending at Eager Road.
On the other hand, population increases in West County and St. Charles County has brought about corporate moves further west from downtown St. Louis. Barnes, one of the largest employers in the area has been little by little moving medical centers west. If you want to drive east on 64/40 to Illinois or downtown St Louis in the morning you won't have much problem, you pretty much zip right along which tells me downtown St. Louis doesn't have the work places it used to have.
Illinois drivers coming to and from the Missouri side, though, never catch a break.
And breaking, a MoDOT spokesman just had a news conference informing the public on upcoming work on 270 in North County.
The 100 most populated cities were measured for how good or bad it is to drive in those places according to Costs, Traffic and Road Conditions, Safety, and Driver and car wellness.
St Louis came in 58th, in the second half. Lubbock Texas was first and best for drivers while New York City was the worst. On the other hand, St. Louis ranked in the top five for St. Louis ranked top five for the most car dealerships, repair shops and car washes per capita.
The city of Rock Hill, a St. Louis suburb that sits along Manchester Road, saw the city council table an ordinance which added changes to their existing backyard chicken ordinance. They tabled it because too many chicken owners were at the meeting and unhappy with the proposed changes.
The changes included allowing up to six chickens for personal use, a 30 dollar permit fee, limitations on size and location of coops and pens, and inspections every 3 years. The issue which bothered residents the most was the coop issue.
Two area municipalities will be voting on backyard chicken ordinances this week. The popularity of chickens and their eggs hasn't waned since raising them in urban areas began several years ago.
In St. Charles, the current law prohibits owning chickens for commercial purposes and allows chickens only when coops are at least 50 feet from a neighbor's property and have a concrete floor. The revised law would tweak the rules for coops and limits the number chickens someone can have. This story does not say whether or not St. Charles will prohibit roosters.
In Maryland Heights, the city council finally approved a chicken ordinance after two years of discussion. Single family residences may keep up to 4 chickens while property of 3 acres or more will have no number limits. No roosters allowed and chickens may not be in front yards. No coop or fencing regulations in this ordinance.
Most of the time cities have a 'no rooster' clause because of the noise roosters make. I don't believe Collinsville has a chicken ordinance but I'm telling you, several homes in our local area have them and have roosters. The roosters are really really loud, they can be heard from several blocks away which means the owners have very understanding neighbors.
Several years ago the Clayton board I've served on spent months trying to put together a chicken ordinance and I learned a lot about raising chickens. One thing stood out, roosters are not necessary for egg production. Chickens lay eggs with or without roosters.
Back in the late 1930's there was a need to move traffic from Clayton to downtown as so much of the local population was moving west. The Oakland Express Highway was constructed beginning at Skinker to Vandeventer and remained the only expressway until the late 40's/early 50's. Drivers were able to whiz along at 30 mph.
The Tamm overpass was first constructed back then.
The Kingshighway bridge between Vanedventer and Shaw will be closed for two years beginning today so that a new bridge can be built. This will affect thousands, tens of thousands of cars which travel from 44 to 64, from The Hill to Barnes.
This year the annual 4th of July fair in St. Louis will add a zip line billed as the longest tallest mobile zip line which will move riders from one end to the other at 25 mph in ten seconds. Boy I'd like to try this. However I'd wager the lines will be really long for this. It will be set up on Lagoon Drive at the west entrance to the fair and the cost will be ten dollars.
Maybe getting there really early with my GoPro wearable video cam would nudge me into trying this.